Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the regulations for the remainder of the 2020 season.
I am pleased to announce we shall be supporting Tonic Health as our main charity partner for the forthcoming season. We already have companies who have agreed to sponsor the club, and in turn, we shall be making donations to help this very worthy local Charity. If you feel that your company would be prepared to help the continued growth of our club, as well as this as extremely worthwhile local cause, feel free to contact me directly.
For more information about Tonic Health, please visit their website: http://www.tonic-health.co.uk/
Firstly, I would like to offer thanks to everybody involved in what was very successful 2018 season, and look forward to meeting returning players, both seasoned pros and new players alike. We have seen growth within the club, starting with Academy, supplying more players into the seniors, more ladies representing both Spalding as well as their respective age groups within the County, as well as the number of youngsters participating has increased, from Mark Laud, and Academy helper’s success with the ‘All Star’ to the Academy Coaches who helped develop our next batch of cricketing superstars.
We welcome Chris Dring on board as President. Those who know him know he works tirelessly within the club, from training within the Academy to donning his whites for whichever team may need him. His knowledge around cricket shall be called on regularly I am sure.
The baton also passes to Jonathon Miles for the first team captaincy, and I am sure his quality shall help the young senior in their development.
The Sunday team shall continue with its policy of youth being captained and managed on a joint venture by Jonny Manton and Brandon Andrews
As a club we must not rest on last year’s achievements, but strive to improve, both on and off the pitch, as well as providing a better environment for the players to excel in. With that in mind, I would ask that anybody who can spare 5 mins to volunteer, please offer your services to your relevant team manager. The management structure of this club is made up by a few who provide so much time and effort to make this club work.
I personally, would like to thank Andrew Cook, for his recent stewardship as Chairman, and I know I shall have his ear whenever need.
Let us now hope for summer weather similar to last, so we can enjoy lazy afternoons, wandering around the boundary chatting and enjoying the cricket.
‘UP THE TOWN’
All Stars will commence Spalding Town Cricket Club on Friday 10th May for 8 consecutive weeks. Sessions will start at 6pm and run for 45 minutes.
A great way to introduce your sons/daughters, grandsons/granddaughters, nieces or nephews to cricket..
Follow the link and get them signed up and wait for their goody bags to arrive.
All Stars Cricket provides boys and girls from 5-8 years old with 8 weeks of non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.
- Dates: Friday 10th May – Friday 28th June
- Time: 6pm-6:45pm
- Cost: £40
For anyone wishing to get into cricket coaching for the upcoming 2019 season, there are 3 confirmed UKCC Level 2 courses in Lincolnshire over the winter. The nearest of which for Spalding residents is at Bourne (basic details below), but please use the link below to find out more about all course locations and dates.
Course: UKCC L2 – Coaching Children’s Cricket
Venue: Witham Hall School, near Bourne.
- Induction date: Wednesday 23rd January 2019
- Module 1 & 2 date: Saturday 26th January 2019
- Module 3 & 4 date: Saturday 16th February 2019
- Module 5 & 6 date: Saturday 23rd February 2019
- Module 7 & 8 date: Saturday 30th March 2019
Go to http://www.lincscricket.co.uk/coaches/coach-education-courses/ for information on all available courses and course content.
Please let the club know if you are interested in doing one of the coaching courses.
Well, after what seems an age, the 2018 season is fast approaching and once again I am thinking about what to write. May I firstly welcome all our members for another year of cricket at Spalding Town Cricket Club, whether it is in a playing capacity, past club member, supporting role (of which there are many of you), and our many parents, guardians and grandparents – all of you help to make the club operate as a whole.
I would like to pay thanks to Heath Ripley whom stepped down as President at the end of 2017. Heath has been a staunch supporter of Spalding Town Cricket Club over many years and has held many positions within the club, secretary, chairman, culminating in serving as our President. I would suggest that his most notable achievement was in making his Premier League debut last season, no mean feat going fine leg to fine leg at his tender years! We welcome back Russell Whitworth to the club as Honorary President, whom is more than capable of filling the large boots left behind by Heath.
Rob Ambrose our 1st Team Captain has also decided to hand over the reins after 6 years in the position. Rob has achieved some great things during this time, twice leading us up into the Lincolnshire Premier League, no mean feat for a club such as ours. It is not only his work on the field that we have to thank him for, but also for his tireless efforts behind the scenes helping in any way he can, he remains at the club as a player for 2018.
The first team captaincy baton has been handed over to Josh Newton, whom I am sure will prove and inspired successor, and a good mentor for the junior members looking to break into the first team this season.
Josh will be ably supported by our 2nd and 3rd team captains, Matt Gill and Carl Andrews, respectively. Both will have players aiming to get themselves promoted to the teams above, this should provide the club with a real competitive edge and pride in wearing the club badge.
2017 was for many reasons a tough season, mainly due to the unavailability of players at critical points during the season, hopefully an issue that we won’t suffer from in 2018! The ladies had to quote our Monarch an “annus horribilis” too many fixture cancellations lead to them only playing one competitive fixture, something Hayley and her team will not wish to suffer a repeat of in 2018.
There were plus points too, most notably the Sunday side gaining promotion from Rutland League Division 4 East, by comfortably topping the table with a 100% win record, we look forward to their progress in 2018. The U13’s narrowly losing in the final of the County Cup after a fantastic run of victories to reach it, along with some great results from all the other junior age groups. Well done Mark Laud and his team of coaches whom have once again given selflessly of their time for the benefit of our junior members, we shall look out for the impact that some may now make in the senior ranks this season. Good luck again to those boys and girls that have worked hard to get into their respective County and regional age groups for 2018; we shall follow your progress with interest and pride.
We could not continue to run as a club without the support of our many sponsors, we must not rest on our laurels, but look to bolster their support ourselves not come to rely on it! The committee will be looking to put in place social events throughout the season and your support of these events would be greatly appreciated. Please follow us on social media or via the clubs website diary for events during the season ahead. Amongst those that help us as a club we should of course mention Lincolnshire County Cricket with whom we have built a good relationship over recent years.
Lastly it goes without saying that I could not operate as your Chairman without the support of not only my committee, but everyone within the club family. I wish all of our teams the best of luck for the 2018 season, let us make this a great year for Spalding Town Cricket Club, both on and off the field.
As ever remember to play hard, play fair but to most of all play with a smile upon your face.
I look forward to catching up with you all around the boundary in 2018.